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Claims of Kinfolk: African American Property and Community in the Nineteenth-Century South (John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Cu)

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In Claims of Kinfolk, Dylan Penningroth uncovers an extensive informal economy of property ownership among slaves and sheds new light on African American family and community life from the heyday of plantation slavery to the "freedom generation" of the 1870s. By focusing on relationships among blacks, as well as on the more familiar struggles between the races, Penningroth exposes a dynamic process of community and family definition. He also includes a comparative analysis of slavery and slave property ownership along the Gold Coast in West Africa, revealing significant differences between the African and American contexts.

Property ownership was widespread among slaves across the antebellum South, as slaves seized the small opportunities for ownership permitted by their masters. While there was no legal framework to protect or even recognize slaves' property rights, an informal system of acknowledgment recognized by both blacks and whites enabled slaves to mark the boundaries of possession. In turn, property ownership-and the negotiations it entailed-influenced and shaped kinship and community ties. Enriching common notions of slave life, Penningroth reveals how property ownership engendered conflict as well as solidarity within black families and communities. Moreover, he demonstrates that property had less to do with individual legal rights than with constantly negotiated, extralegal, social ties.

Synopsis:

Penningroth uncovers an extensive informal economy of property ownership among slaves during the antebellum and post emancipation periods, connecting slaves' economic activity with their social relationships and family and community life. Includes a comparative analysis of slavery and slave property ownership along the Gold Coast in West Africa.

About the Author

Dylan Penningroth is associate professor of history at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.He was awarded the 2000 Nevins Prize from the Society of American Historians.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807827970
Subtitle:
African American Property and Community in the Nineteenth-Century South
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Author:
Penningroth, Dylan C.
Author:
Penningroth, Dylan Craig
Subject:
History
Subject:
Real Estate - Sales
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Land tenure
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
United States - State & Local - South
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
African-American/African Studies; Anthropology and U.S. Archaeology; American Studies; History/United States: Southern; Law and Legal History; AFRICA; Women s Studies/Gender Studies
Subject:
Southern States Social conditions.
Subject:
Southern States Economic conditions.
Subject:
African-American/African Studies; Anthropology
Subject:
U.S. Archaeology; American Studies; History/United States: Southern; Law
Subject:
Legal History; AFRICA; Women s Studies/Gender Studies
Subject:
African-American/African Studies
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
U.S. Archaeology
Subject:
American studies
Subject:
History/United States: Southern
Subject:
Law
Subject:
Legal History
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Women s Studies/Gender Studies
Subject:
Anthropology & U.S. Archaeology
Subject:
Law-Legal History
Subject:
African American Studies-Black Heritage
Subject:
African American Studies-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture
Publication Date:
September 2003
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
22 illus., 3 maps, 1 fig.
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.38 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » African American Studies » General
History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century
History and Social Science » World History » Africa
History and Social Science » World History » General

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"Synopsis" by , Penningroth uncovers an extensive informal economy of property ownership among slaves during the antebellum and post emancipation periods, connecting slaves' economic activity with their social relationships and family and community life. Includes a comparative analysis of slavery and slave property ownership along the Gold Coast in West Africa.
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